A textbook case of stupid?
I feel I have been slighted, and I must speak my bitterness.
Let me back up for a moment. The Washington Post has been reporting on textbooks being used in some Virginia schools which are riddled with errors about history.
The numerous mistakes include the wrong number of states in the Confederacy during the Civil War, the wrong year the U.S. entered World War I, etc.
One historian came up with a list of textbook errors 10 pages long, “including inaccurate claims that men in Colonial Virginia commonly wore full suits of armor.”
Several of these books were written by a New Yorker, who the Post says is not a trained historian. Apart from the textbooks, she is also the author of works such as, “Oh, Yikes! History’s Grossest, Wackiest Moments.”
So now I guess you can see why I’m upset with the State of Virginia.
Did they really have to go all the way to New York to get somebody to write unreliable history textbooks when I’m sitting here in Washington DC, right across the lake or whatever from Virginia?
I myself have produced two books of odd stories, AND a popular goofy blog, and I can grind out silly information with the best of them.
Heck, I don’t even have to bother doing time-consuming online research. I can just use my own imagination, plus junk I overhear in bakeries.
But don’t just take my word for it, Virginia education officials.
In a few days you will receive Volume One of my own U.S. history textbook, ending in 1867 when actress Shirley Booth pushed President Abraham Lincoln off that balcony to his death at a Ford dealership here.
All I ask is that you take off your suits of armor, sit back and have a look at it.
A Harley Davidson fan drives his motorcycle at the Harley-Davidson 100th anniversary open road tour in Barcelona June 28, 2003, wearing a suit of armor. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Left: Book cover, “Oh, Yikes! History’s Grossest, Wackiest Moments.”
Right: Book cover, “Oddly Enough.”